Our expert says:
first of all well done for making a life changing and possibly life saving decision. Quitting substances is not easy and what you have achieved so far is great.
With regards to your physical fitness you need to remember that you have been damaging your body with the substances you have been using and it is going to take time to regain your fitness, But because you are young it is possible for you to achieve this if you stick with it.
Its when people stop using that they realise how much the drugs had got into so many aspects of their lives and as a result staying stopped can feel very hard at times.
I would recommend you do get support as this is not an easy thing to do alone and having someone to talk to and encourage you will be very helpful. I suggest you contact Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre who may be able to offer you support or tell you where your nearest service is to where you live. You can contact them at www.drugcentre.org.za they provide individual and group counselling. Seeing a psychologist would also help you deal with the emotional issues attached to your using as if these remain unresolved it can make you vulnerable to relapse. Just ensure you see a psychologist who deals with substance abuse issues.
Dont give up now - you are doing really well
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